Courses Taught

The following is a selection of current and past courses I have taught at various institutions.

Diversity Leadership and Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) 3152

University of Central Florida

This course explores connections/interconnections between Diversity Studies and Environmental Studies with a focus on four pillars of diversity: religion and spiritualities, race and ethnicities, age and abilities, and gender and sexualities. Through readings, discussions, documentaries, and research, we will critically examine issues of diversity and inclusion in environmental organizations, movements, and research. Environmental Studies span local and global settings. We will seek to ascertain an idea of the state of diversity and inclusion values in Environmental Studies with the goal of developing leadership tools commensurate with advocating for the inclusion of multiple perspectives in research, policy, and programming.

Love-Religious Studies (RELS) 2203

Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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An exploration of sites, concepts, and representations of love. Drawing examples from religion, myth, folklore, literature, film, visual culture, and popular culture, love will be considered as an aculturally embodied phenomenon, the analysis of which can yield insight into humanity’s deepest experience, both secular and religious. This course examines numerous influences that affect how we love. Some of the questions we will explore are: Is there more to love than just finding that special someone? What is romantic love? How is love understood from the perspective of different religions? How do cultural influences affect how we perceive and practice love? We will also consider the topics of love and sexuality, love and marriage, love and social justice, and love and popular culture. We will reflect on our own perspectives in light of the concepts and ideas we examine.

Queer Theory and Masculinities Gender and Women’s Studies (GWST) 4150

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Queer theory has become a prominent element in contemporary western scholarship and is providing alternative spaces for critical engagement with a very broad range of academic fields. Queer Theory has developed as academic interdisciplinarity stemming from the integration of various areas including feminist theory, critical race theory, continental philosophy, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, literary criticism, cultural studies, and cultural anthropology. Perhaps the best defining characteristic of queer theory is that it is diverse, fluctuating, and scattered, and thus no one definition is applicable, but as is typical with such seemingly open areas of discourse, certain themes and ideas tend to emerge with a notable degree of consistency. This course provides an introduction to key themes and authors in Queer Theory with a focus on Masculinity(ies) Theory within the queer context.

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